Celtic v Gladbach Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Wednesday 19th October by @tashason21

Celtic v Gladbach – Celtic Park at 19:45 live on BT Sport ESPN

The Champions League is back and my latest Asian Handicap betting preview focuses on the game between Celtic and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Celtic

In their last Champions League game, Celtic came away with a well earned point against Manchester City (3-3), after taking the lead 3 times.

That was their first point of the competition so far, as in their opening group game they suffered a 7-0 defeat to Barcelona.

Celtic are currently sitting 3rd in their group and are only ahead of opponents Gladbach, who are yet to obtain a single point in the competition. A win for Celtic could therefore be huge and would put them right back amongst the pack in terms of progressing to the next round (other results dependant).

The home side led 3 times against Manchester City and have proven very tough to beat at home in recent years.

Celtic are 14 games unbeaten at home in the Scottish Premiership and 7 games unbeaten on home soil in the Champions League.

Away from home, it’s a different story however. In the Champions League Celtic have failed to win their last 6 away matches and making the most of their home advantage could therefore be crucial.

Last weekend The Hoops beat Motherwell 2-0 at home and would have grown in confidence as a result of the clean sheet. Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembélé got on the scoresheet and the latter is Celtic’s top-scorer with 10 goals to his name, 2 of which have come in the Champions League.

 

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Moussa Dembele

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gladbach have lost their 2 opening Champions League games and are therefore sitting bottom of the Group C table.

Most recently, the away side lost 2-1 to Barcelona at home and before that they suffered a 4-0 thrashing away at Manchester City.

At home Gladbach look solid and teams should be afraid to go to the Borussia-Park. In the Bundesliga they’ve won 10 out of their last 11 home games and the only game they have failed to win was against Hamburg last weekend, where they were held to a 0-0 draw.

Away from home Gladbach struggle however and have only won 1 of their last 14 Bundesliga games.

Gladbach have failed to win their last 2 games (across all competitions) and as a result, they are heading to Scotland not in the best of form. Taking this into consideration as well as all the other factors, I think the German side would do well to get a result at Celtic Park.

Conclusion

Celtic are a difficult side to beat at home and look value when backing them +0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market. Gladbach are certainly weaker opposition than Manchester City, who they took the lead against 3 times in their last game. Gladbach are also without a win in their last 2 games and Celtic isn’t the easiest place to go if you’re not on top form.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Celtic +0.25 @ 2.01 with Pinnacle 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21

 

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Sporting v Dortmund Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Tuesday 18th October By @J_RKeith

Sporting v Dortmund – Estadio Jose Alvalade at 19:45 live on BT Sport Extra 3

We’re back for the Champions League and after Dortmund let me down in my last UCL Asian Handicap Betting pick, I am hoping they can do better here. The Germans travel to Portugal where they will take on Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night.

Sporting Lisbon

It hasn’t been such a bad campaign for Sporting Lisbon this season, they are third in both the Primeira Liga and in their Champions League group whilst sitting unbeaten in their last four matches. Not bad, especially since they made the next round of the Taca De Portugal on Thursday; Lazar Markovic scoring the winner against Famalicao.

Furthermore, what I gather from this team, it is one that is not easily pushed over. They were so unlucky not to gain a point away to Real Madrid considering they were winning for a majority of the match. Also, some of the players they have in their squad have real talent and have played at major clubs around the world.

One player I look forward to watching is William Carvalho. The centre-midfielder had a key role in Euro 2016 for Portugal and is a great passer of the ball. It would be good to see him again Dortmund and whether he can deliver through balls for the likes of Markovic or Bryan Ruiz.

I wouldn’t write off Sporting Lisbon for this one, especially when you look at their squad, and their manager Jorge Jesus, but it’s whether they can deliver in this competition. Last season they just missed out on a spot after losing to CSKA Moscow over two legs. Watch out for these lot!

 

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William Carvalho

Borussia Dortmund

Their opponents, meanwhile, are well known in this competition considering they came so close to lifting the Champions League in 2012. Borussia Dortmund enter the competition after a year out and failing to leave their mark in the Europa League.

Things haven’t been perfect for the German side recently having not picked up a win from their last three matches. Their last game ending in a 1-1 draw at home to Hertha Berlin.

I’m surprised no one has hyped this group up as the ‘Group of Death’. With Real Madrid it is these two sides who are battling it out for second spot. Away from home, Dortmund have only won six of their last ten, losing four. Not great considering they are taking on a side who has won their last five at home in all competitions.

Furthermore, what makes it harder for Thomas Tuchel is that eight players are out injured including Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle and Sven Bender. These are all key members of the squad and massive losses. Honestly, it doesn’t look good for BVB. They still have the class act in Pierre-Emerick Aubaumeyang, and playmaker Mario Gotze though, but surely these injuries will affect the flow of the team.

Conclusion

These two sides have never met before in a competitive fixture, but Jorge Jesus’ side have only won twice at home against a German club from their 12 meetings. Dortmund, on the other hand, have only won one of their four matches on the road in Portugal.

Based on form and players available, I am backing Sporting Lisbon for this one. The players they have at their disposal should do the job at home. Also, with the experience of Jesus, he should deliver at the Estadio Jose Alvalade. Dortmund will obviously remain a threat, but too many players are missing for me to think they can win this one.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Sporting Lisbon +0.25 @ 2.05 with Bet365

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sunday 16th October by @tashason21

Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday – John Smith’s Stadium at 12:00 live on Sky Sports 2

My next Asian Handicap betting preview focuses on the early game in the Championship between Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday.

Huddersfield

It’s been an impressive start to the new season for Huddersfield, who are currently sitting top of the Championship table on 25 points. The Terriers are 2 points ahead of Norwich in 2nd and their league position comes as a surprise to most, as last campaign they only managed to finish 19th!

Huddersfield’s attacking style of football combined with the solidity of their defence has enabled them to shoot up the league table.

The home side have conceded 8 goals to date and only Brighton have let in fewer.

Huddersfield come into this game off the back of 2 league victories against Rotherham (2-1) and Ipswich (1-0).

New arrivals have certainly contributed to the Terriers’ success and loanees Elias Kachunga, Aaron Mooy and Kasey Palmer in particular, have added quality to the side. Kachunga is Huddersfield’s top scorer with 4 goals to his name and therefore he’s one to watch on Sunday.

David Wagner’s men have won every home game this season and 3 of those victories have come against sides in and around the top 6.

 

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Elias Kachunga

Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday are currently 8 points behind their Yorkshire rivals and 9th in the Championship table. Victory over Huddersfield could see them jump into the top 6 however.

Last season The Owls were left heartbroken after coming so close to promotion, having lost out to Hull City (1-0) in the play-off final.

Although big money was spent in the summer on the likes of Adam Reach, Steven Fletcher and Almen Abdi, Wednesday haven’t had the start to the season that they would have hoped for.

Before the international break, Sheffield Wednesday lost 2-1 at home to Brighton, ending a 2 game winning run.

Fernando Forestieri scored the winner back in April when The Owls came out 1-0 winners and he’s likely to be the danger-man again on Sunday.

Conclusion

I am expecting an entertaining game and if I had to pick a winner, it would be Huddersfield who are on flying form, especially at home. Backing the home side -0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market at 2.19 with 188BET could be worth a punt, although as the game should be a close encounter, I recommend backing over 2.25 goals at 1.97, which also looks a nice price.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.25 goals @ 1.97 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21

 

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